Why I Stopped Using Gamma Seal Lids And Food Storage Buckets

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I’ve used these gamma seal lids and food grade buckets for years now without trouble. We’ve used them to store rice, beans, oats, and wheat.

In fact, they’re rather easy to use and make accessing my food storage buckets convenient. But, alas, I’m not going to be using them any longer.


Well, remember when I had the trouble with bugs in my oats? I had it happen yet again, this time with my brown rice.

I know this is just the way it is when it comes to using bulk foods but since it’s not SHTF and my family wouldn’t think of eating bugs unless they have to, the last bit of rice I had in my bucket got tossed… which brings me to the problem:

It’s all about usage.

You simply can’t let food sit opened (even though it’s in a “sealed” bucket) for years and that’s by and large what we’ve been doing.

Sure, we get into these foods on occasion but I don’t think I’ve had to add any rice or oats or beans to any of these buckets in years which is a clear sign we’re not using our bulk foods very much anymore.

Fortunately, we haven’t had any food spoil for any reason other than bugs–such as the rice going rancid–but I think I’m just going to store enough of these bulk foods in #10 cans since I have plenty of those.

If, however, you use your bulk foods regularly then the gamma seal lids and buckets work great.

How about you? Do you have this trouble with food in buckets or do you use it fast enough?

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Author: Damian Brindle

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5 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Using Gamma Seal Lids And Food Storage Buckets”

  1. Store what you eat eat what you store. I use gamma seal lids and store my flour and rice in those but I eat the flour and rotate it over a period of about 2 or 3 months.
    I’ve never had a problem with bugs but we also do live in Alaska where there aren’t so many…

  2. I have added food grade diatomaceous earth to infected grains like wheat or rice. Sprinkle some on the top of the food in the bucket close it then roll the bucket around. Kills them and they find their way to the bottom of the bucket. Haven’t had a problem eating the food afterwards. May even prevent them from hatching in the first place.

    1. DE acts like ground glass on insect larvae, so that they lose their integument structure and die.
      If your grains are infested by pest eggs, they WILL hatch unless they are killed first. This could mean a storage supply full of dead bugs, maybe not deadly in an extreme situation but just nasty in general.

      Freezing is easy prevention, and it works.

  3. I also use buckets and gamma seals. The difference is I only use gamma seals on ONE bucket, the one I use to refill my pantry containers. When that bucket is empty, I transfer a new bucket’s contents to that one. As to bugs, I have no first hand proof, but I have read that especially in grains and beans, the bugs are in the food themselves as eggs or larvae, sometimes INSIDE the actual grains, so they can be difficult or impossible to detect. Then, even after proper packing, if enough oxygen is around, the bugs hatch and bingo, spoiled supplies.

    I have a small chest freezer that I appropriated to my shop. I have it set to max, about -10 degrees F. Every time I pack a bucket, I put it in the freezer for 2-3 days. This should be sufficient to kill any living organism, (including the grains, so don’t do this for seeds or those planned to sprout.) Then I use dry ice for belt and suspenders long term packing & storage.

    So far, no bugs, and rotation helps with no spoilage (fingers crossed.)

    1. We do the same thing. One bucket per item with a gamma lid is designated for pantry and is filled from “factory sealed” buckets or containers. I also use the pantry buckets completely empty and clean them out, to avoid contaminating the new food. Instead of dry ice, we use nitrogen from a tank that we got from the local welding supply place. The tank is easier to keep on hand than chunks of dry ice. You are also correct about freezing grain products to kill any bugs. (I’ve put flour, dog biscuits and other grains in the freezer immediately after bringing them in the house for years) If you want an extra layer of protection we’ve re-packaged things like pasta, beans, etc. with the Food Saver vacuum packager and then put those in a bucket with a gamma lid.

      BTW – Damian, you are forgetting one of the big rules of food storage – “store what you use and USE what you store.” There’s only a few items in our long term supplies that we haven’t touched, but they are mostly fruit which I’m keeping as special treats for when we travel or when the grandkids visit.

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